Author Archives: Ken Gross

Mystery Merc: Vintage custom has holes in its history

Every so often, an early custom car surfaces from unknown origins. Little is known about Patrick Orosco’s ’39 Mercury convertible, but this much is certain: someone with a torch did some extensive metalwork on this car, it appears to be professionally done, and it's cool!

Time warp hot rod: Martin’s ’32 five-window

Fifty years ago, month after month, Hot Rod Magazine, Rod & Custom and Car Craft featured souped-up cars from all over the country. If you were a hot rodder in the ’50s, your fondest dream was to have an early ’30s Ford roadster or a coupe. Then, you wanted to get...